The agreements for these resources specify who can access them, how they may be used, and OSU’s liabilities if we fail to ensure users comply with these terms. The service providers of these products may suspend access for the entire OSU community if the terms of the license are violated by any user. Though each license is different, the following information applies to the majority of resources licensed at OSU. If you have a question about a specific resource, please consult with us.
Using Electronic Resources
Who May Access
Active students and employees affiliated with OSU who have an authorized ONID account.
“Walk-in” or “on-site” users of the library resources conducting personal or educational research while at an OSU Valley Library computer terminal may access most electronic resources.
Requesting Access When Your ONID is Not Authorized
Because not all ONID users automatically have access to electronic resources, it may be necessary to submit an additional request for access. OSULP staff will review requests and determine eligibility based on the Library Electronic Services Matrix.
Accessing Library Electronic Resources from Off-Campus
Most online resources provided by OSU Libraries are available for off-campus users with authorized ONID accounts via the library's proxy service. Some resources may only work off-campus with OSU's VPN service.
When a Resource Requires a Separate User Account
An individual account may be required by the resource provider’s platform in order to access some (or all) of the content.
An individual account may also be necessary to utilize all of the features offered by the resource (such as saving a list of search results or bookmarking/notating ebook pages).
Please Contact Us with your questions about any particular resource’s individual account policies.
Examples of Encouraged Use
Incorporating persistent links or permalinks to online content in a learning management system, course pages, and other sites.
Using persistent links (aka permalinks) helps us accurately evaluate resource usage so we can make informed purchasing decisions.
Downloading, storing, or printing individual articles, chapters, and search results for personal, educational, and research needs.
Using portions of the licensed materials, in agreement with fair use, in the process of conducting scholarly communication activities such as writing (for publication, theses, course projects, etc.) as long as appropriate acknowledgement is given.
Research sometimes involves bulk computer generated analysis of collections of materials; please consult with us about clearing such activities with database providers.
Activities Not Allowed
Systematically or programmatically downloading content from electronic resources. This includes, but is not limited to:
Downloading entire journal issues
Using scripts, spiders, crawlers, or other computer programs to automatically download content
Removing, obscuring, or modifying copyright notices.
Reverse engineering, decompiling, disassembling, or otherwise altering, framing, or simulating the appearance of licensed content.
Content of this policy was informed by these sites:
Last Review: 5/25/22